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    Lessons learned: What not to do

    Last year I stuck one of my fire steels in a tackle box I use for boat fishing in case I had to ditch on some islet and needed to make a signal fire (sounds very dramatic). Anyway, some salt water hit the fire steel, probably just a few drops clinging to a fishing hook or lure that I put back in the box, and this is how I found it a few weeks later:

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    I guess this year I will use a separate, water proof container for that one :-)
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    Last edited by FishyFolk; 12-04-2012 at 08:03 AM.
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    Oh wow! Didn't know that! Thanks for sharing! Maybe there is a new kind of bacteria that cause Firesteel cavities!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Primerib View Post
    Oh wow! Didn't know that! Thanks for sharing! Maybe there is a new kind of bacteria that cause Firesteel cavities!
    Yes, but what about your mistakes!

    Come on, share your bloopers for others to learn from
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    Uuuhm...oh yeah I had something good! While fishing I a had a nice pike on the line round 70 cm (something around the size of the one on my picture) and it took a while as it was putting up quite a fight! Meanwhile a small crowd had already formed behind me watching me (it was sunday and popular lake for retired people to go for a walk). As i finally had the pike within reach and bent down to grab it with a finger between the gills my mobilephone dropped out of my shirtpocket into the water and in the same friggin moment the hook lost it's grasp and the pike took of leaving me with a broken phone, pissed of because of the lost a good fish and a highly amused crowed behind me.

    So in one instant i learnt several things the hard way.

    - Don't put your phone in your front pocket of your shirt ...just don't
    - don't go fishing were a lot of people are watching
    - don't go fishing without a net

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    Quote Originally Posted by FishyFolk View Post
    Last year I stuck one of my fire steels in a tackle box I use for boat fishing in case I had to ditch on some islet and needed to make a signal fire (sounds very dramatic). Anyway, some salt water hit the fire steel, probably just a few drops clinging to a fishing hook or lure that I put back in the box, and this is how I found it a few weeks later:

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    I guess this year I will use a separate, water proof container for that one :-)
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    I guess you could always coat the firesteel in candle wax before you put it in your tackle box?

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    I learned not to lend sharp tools to people who dont understand the need for sharp tools. 5 minutes of use and my nice razor sharp mora came back feeling like it had been hammered into concrete. At least it wasnt one of my customs i guess!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiTheIronHound View Post
    I learned not to lend sharp tools to people who dont understand the need for sharp tools. 5 minutes of use and my nice razor sharp mora came back feeling like it had been hammered into concrete. At least it wasnt one of my customs i guess!
    Woooord! So many people need to learn how to cut properly! Also do not give knives to people who have the opinion that they know how to sharpen knives. Last time a showed a brand new Solingen Löwenmesser to my uncle in law and talked about sharpening. Unforunately his wife heard that, snatched knife and pulled out her roundsteel kitchensharpener. "Oh, I'll show you how to sharpen a knife! 'ere you go, son!"The blade came back more or less blunt and the sides of the blade totally scratched up. Before her battering with the steel the blade shaved... It was hard not show the inner pain I was in. Something i have also often encountered is that unknowing people who use the roundsteelrodsharpening thingies ...what's them called in english (?)...tend to think that the faster they do it the more pro it will look and the sharper the result. They definetly watch to much jamie oliver sharpening knives "chef-style".

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    I had worse done to my first firesteel about 4 years ago, had used it a dozen or so times, and left it in the outer pocket of my EDC backpack, and because it was EDC it'd get rained on, bashed around on buses, etc. So after about 6 months or so I went to grab something out of that pocket, only to find a massively pitted firesteel! So, lesson learned, since then after I use my steel, when I get a chance before storage, I'll coat the rod with clear nail polish to keep it waterproof.

    Quote Originally Posted by FishyFolk View Post
    Last year I stuck one of my fire steels in a tackle box I use for boat fishing in case I had to ditch on some islet and needed to make a signal fire (sounds very dramatic). Anyway, some salt water hit the fire steel, probably just a few drops clinging to a fishing hook or lure that I put back in the box, and this is how I found it a few weeks later:

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    I guess this year I will use a separate, water proof container for that one :-)
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